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         European Chemical Regions Network

European opportunities and cooperation via the ECRN

                     Jõhvi, Ida-Virumaa, 17th April 2009

                                 Michael E. Hack
                   Director of the ECRN Network Secretariat

                       Boulevard St. Michel 80, B-1040 Bruxelles
                                 Tel: +32-2-7410-949
                                Email: hack@ecrn.net

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• Outline
• History of the ECRN Interreg IIIc
• ECRN – the association of today and voice of the
  chemical regions
• ECRN achievements, activities and targets

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• What is the ECRN?
  European Chemical Regions Network.

• Who are the members?
  Public authorities: Regions who deal with aspects of the
  chemical sector.

• How is the ECRN organised?
  By the network secretariat and its members.

• Who are the experts?
  Officers of the ministries of the member regions.

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                   ECRN Interreg IIIc

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                               ECRN Interreg IIIC


   Saxony-Anhalt, D (Lead Partner)
   Lower Saxony, D
   North Rhine Westphalia, D
   Catalonia, E
   Asturias, E
   Huelva, E
   Ida-Viru, EST
   Masowia, PL
   Limburg, NL
   Piedmont, I
   Lombardy, I
   Tees Valley, UK
   Cheshire, UK

• 1,7 Mio. EURO (997.000 support by
• Duration: 3 years (January 2004 – December

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                      ECRN Interreg IIIc

• Integration of about 1.600 regional stakeholders in Regional
  Partnership Meetings
• Implementing of five thematic studies
• Organising a number of Working Group Meetings, 6 Presidium
  Meetings, 3 Training Seminars and 3 Congresses – Bringing together
  relevant stakeholders from European chemical regions
  (27 interregional events with approx. 1200 participants)
• Representing joint interest in EU decision-making process
  (14 Joint Position Papers)

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                     ECRN Interreg IIIC

• Developing spin-off projects for the further development and
  deepening of cooperation (e.g. MentorChem and ChemSME)
• More than 170 articles about ECRN in 3 years,
  36.000 hits on ECRN website, 6 newsletters, 15 brochures

•    Setting up of the ECRN association as a legal body

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ECRN – the association of
  today and voice of the
    chemical regions

•   Asturias, E
•   Bavaria, D
•   Catalonia, E
•   Cheshire, UK
•   Flanders, B
•   Hesse, D
•   Ida-Viru, EST
•   Limburg, NL
•   Lombardy, I
•   Lower Saxony, D
•   North Rhine Westphalia, D
•   Novara, I
•   Rhineland-Palatinate, D
•   Rhône-Alpes, F
•   Saxony-Anhalt, D
•   Schleswig-Holstein, D
•   Scotland, UK
•   Tees Valley, UK
•   Ústí Region, CZ
•   Wallonia, B
                         Starting Point

     The Chemical Industry in Europe is located in a
     limited number of regions.
     In these regions, the Chemical Industry plays a
     dominant role.

     Chemical regions are faced with similar challenges:

     • to find efficient ways to implement EU legislation
     • to support competitiveness of the Chemical Industry and
       therefore safeguarding the sustainable development of the
       chemical sites
     • to use new framework conditions in a most efficient way
     • to cope with change of business structures and culture and
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    • Member since 2003
    • Population: 178,311
    • Area size: 3,364 km²
    • GDP per capita: 4160 EUR
    • Employees chemical sector: 3350
    • 21% of the industrial production is related with chemicals
    • Main Productions: shale oil, coke, shale oil phenols, ammonia
      and urea, benzoic acid and sodium benzoate (for food industry)
    • Regional Chemical Actors: Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG), AS Viru
      Liimid, AS Silmet, AS Nitrofert, Kiviõli Keemiatööstuse OÜ
    • Topics: cope with the new national oil-shale strategy

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                   Joint interests of chemical regions

  Chemical regions in Europe are affected by EU
  regulations in a similar way
  The regional dimension of EU legislation is often only
  barely taken into account
  The chemical regions must respond to the changing
  framework conditions by finding joint solutions on:

  • Skills, Training and Education,
  • Research and Development,
  • Infrastructure Development etc.

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                   Aims and Objectives of the ECRN

   •     Improving regional development strategies in chemical regions

   •     Maintaining competitiveness by fostering European co-
         operation of regional actors

   •     Developing a European partnership of regional partnerships in
         chemical regions

   •     Articulating common interests of chemical regions towards the
         European institutions

   •     Recognizing the European Chemical Regions Network as the
         regional stakeholder in the future debate on chemical policy

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ECRN achievements,
activities and targets
         ECRN - achievements, activities and targets
           Some achievements in 2008 - overview

• Establishment of close contacts with the European Commission,
  ECHA and relevant stakeholders (e.g. CEFIC, EMCEF, ECEG, EPCA,
  EEN, EEB, national chemical associations etc…)
• 6 new member regions joining the organisation
• Participation in the European Commission - “High Level Group
  (HLG) on Competitiveness of Chemical Industry in Europe“
• Mandate to organise the HLG follow-up conference in April
  2009 in cooperation with member region Ústí under the patronage
  of the European Commission and the Czech EU Presidency
• Successful application of INTERREG IV B project “ChemLog“
  (Chemical Logistics in Central and Eastern Europe)

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         ECRN - achievements, activities and targets
             Representation at European Level

    Participation in the European Commission - “High Level
    Group on Competitiveness of Chemical Industry in Europe“ :
• Advocacy of regional interests in ad-hoc groups, sherpa meetings
  and the HLG meetings
• Presentation of planned activities (e.g. skills and logistics)
• Intensive dialogue with European Commission, NGOs and industry
• First-hand information of recent developments in the Chemical
• Mandate for the HLG follow up conference in April 2009 in
  cooperation with member region Ústí

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         ECRN - achievements, activities and targets
                Infrastructure development

                     Logistic Platform needed:

   •     Importance of clustering initiatives
   •     Workshop on Logistic (Apr 2009)
   •     Cooperation project: “Chemical Logistics cooperation
         in Central and Eastern Europe” (ChemLog) running
         until Sep 2011

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      ChemLog Partners and Geographical Coverage

   • Ministry for Transport, Saxony-Anhalt (D),
   • Associations of Chemical Industry from Poland, Czech
     Republic and Slovakia,
   • Regional Development Holding (HU)
   • Province of Novara (I),
   • Ústí Region (CZ),
   • isw Institute (D),
   • Logistikum (AT),

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                     ChemLog - Objectives

   • Strengthening rail and waterway transport for chemical goods in
     comparison to road to improve safety, environmental protection
     and reduce costs and increase speed and flexibility of chemical
   • Support the development of logistical centers for intermodal
     transport and their integration in infrastructure planning.
   • Facilitate the connection of pipelines for an effective Central and
     Eastern European Chemical Logistics Network.
   • Initiate transnational know-how and technology transfer for the
     development of transport- and guidance-systems focused on the
     West-East direction.
   • Supporting the realization of Trans-European Traffic Routes and
     harmonization of regulations and coordinated planning of
     infrastructure and the use of Structural Funds.

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         ECRN - achievements, activities and targets
                    Skills and Research

       Competitiveness is the response to the crisis:

• Cooperation for qualification and training:
  Seminar on Skills (Jun 2009)
• Innovation as key:
    Seminar on Innovation (Sep 2009)
• Sharing and spread information: Webseminars on REACH (2008),
  Seminar on European chemical policy development (Nov 2009),
  Permanent Working Group meetings.

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        Next upcoming occasions to meet the ECRN:

 The ECRN actively advocates and informs about the
      regional dimension of its sector towards all
                 relevant stakeholders.

•   16th / 17th April 2009                             HLG Follow-up Conference, Ústí nad
                                                       Labem/ CZ

•   11th June 2009                                     Seminar on skills, Brussels

•   September 2009                                     Seminar on innovation

•   October 2009                                       7th Congress of the European Chemical
                                                       Regions, Namur/ Belgium

    Dates are subject to change. Further seminars/workshops/meetings will be announced when in planning.

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